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For Immediate release
10th May 2005

Distinguished General Charles E. Wilhelm joins the Board of OmniPerception Limited

Former Commander-in-Chief US Southern Command welcomed as Non-Executive Director of cutting edge British Biometric company.

OmniPerception Ltd (www.omniperception.com), the leading British facial biometrics and computer vision company, has today announced the appointment of General Charles E. Wilhelm as a Non-Executive Director of the company and OmniPerception’s principle adviser on American affairs.
General Wilhelm, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, retired from the US Marine Corps in 2000 after serving the United States for 37 years in a long and distinguished military career. His last appointment in active service was as Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, Miami, Florida, where he was responsible for United States military activities in the 32 nations of the Caribbean, Central and South America.

“Companies working in intensely international fields like security and fraud prevention need to reflect this in their own management and board composition,” says David McIntosh, OmniPerception CEO. “We are very privileged to have Charley Wilhelm on our team, with his vast experience and knowledge of strategic security and defence in the United States and Central and South America and we also value his wise counsel on a wide range of issues relevant to the growth of our international business.”

Following his retirement from military life, General Wilhelm has continued to work in a wide range of defence related activities with emphasis on homeland security. His current roles include membership of the Senior Review Panel for the United States Quadrennial Defence Review and senior advisory roles with the Battelle Memorial Institute, United States Northern Command, United States Joint Forces Command, and United States Marine Corps. General Wilhelm is a member of the Government Advisory Board of Lucent Technologies and he writes and speaks frequently on a broad range of U.S. and international security issues.

“I am very happy to be working with the company in making its own unique contribution to improved security on both sides of the Atlantic,” commented General Wilhelm. “This company has truly world-class technology and a strong team in both the technical and commercial fields. I am looking forward to working with them as they consolidate OmniPerception’s position as the premier supplier of advanced computer vision software worldwide.”

OmniPerception is the leading British Biometrics and Computer Vision company. Its unique technology has an important contribution to make to a wide range of security applications, from border control and secure physical access, to log-on security in network access and Internet banking.

With a rising incidence in identity theft, international concerns over the need to improve homeland security and growing interest in biometric passports and ID cards, new improved facial biometric technology has a central role to play. The British face recognition technology invented and developed by the founders of OmniPerception and now available for sale world-wide, is playing a key part in this critical area.

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Notes for Editors

Photography available on request from Chazbrooks Communications.

About OmniPerception Limited
(www.omniperception.com)
OmniPerception is an innovative Computer Vision company founded by top research engineers from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, a world centre of excellence in this field. OmniPerception develops solutions for security markets based on its patent pending Facial Biometrics and computer vision technology. Unique to OmniPerception is the company’s powerful Affinity™ Face Recognition software, which allows automatic systems to recognise a human face and distinguish it from any other. The company’s computer-generated FacialPIN™ is like having a password so complex that nobody can memorise it, but one which the user cannot possibly forget or leave behind; and one that is immeasurably more difficult to steal or to forge than a conventional PIN or password.
OmniPerception works with systems integrators and solutions providers around the globe in particular to enhance homeland and corporate security. The Company’s proprietary biometric technology is widely recognized as taking automatic face recognition to new higher levels of accuracy and effectiveness. OmniPerception’s powerful intellectual property portfolio and expertise drives a growing range of products in global markets, in the field of machine readable travel documents, access control solutions and other advanced image processing applications.

About General Charles E. Wilhelm
CV included below.


Company Contact:
Martyn Gates, Marketing Director
OmniPerception Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1483 688 350
Email: gates@omniperception.com

Press Contact:
Ben Crispin / Chaz Brooks
Chazbrooks Communications Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1483 537 890
Email:benc@chazb.com/chazb@chazb.com


General Charles E. Wilhelm
(United States Marine Corps, Retired)

Summary
General Charles E. Wilhelm had a long and distinguished career in the service of his country for 37 years, latterly as Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, Miami, Florida, where he was responsible for United States military activities in the 32 nations of the Caribbean, Central and South America.
His personal decorations include: the Defence Distinguished Service Medal (two awards); the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards); Silver Star Medal; Defence Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster in lieu of a second award; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; Defence Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; Army Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Following his retirement from military life, General Wilhelm has continued to work in a wide range of defence related activities with emphasis on homeland security. His current duties and responsibilities include membership of the Senior Review Panel for the United States Quadrennial Defence Review and senior advisory roles with the United States Northern Command, the United States Joint Forces Command, the United States Marine Corps and the Battelle Memorial Institute
General Wilhelm is also a member of the Government Advisory Board of Lucent Technologies and writes and speaks frequently on a broad range of U.S. and international security issues. He is also a Director of leading biometrics and computer vision company OmniPerception Limited, Guildford, England.
Recent Career Summary
In August 1988, while assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, II Marine Expeditionary Force, he was promoted to brigadier general, and was subsequently assigned as the Director of Operations, HQMC. In July 1990, he was selected to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Policy and Missions, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. General Wilhelm was detached from these duties to serve as Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Proven Force during the first Persian Gulf War.
General Wilhelm assumed duties as Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, in July 1992. He served as Commander Marine Forces Somalia from December 1992 to March 1993 as part of the U.S. led coalition in Operation Restore Hope.
He was confirmed for promotion to Lieutenant General and assumed duties as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia., July 15, 1994. In August 1995, he was assigned as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic/Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South/Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force/Commanding General, Marine Striking Force Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
He was confirmed for promotion to general and assumed duties as the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida, September 25, 1997. During his tenure in command, General Wilhelm oversaw the repositioning of the command following implementation of the Panama Canal Treaties; directed U.S. military operations in support of the Hurricane Mitch relief effort, and played a key role in the development and implementation of Plan Colombia. For his service during this period he was decorated by the countries of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.
Early Career Summary
Charles E. Wilhelm graduated from Florida Southern College in 1964 and also holds an M.S. degree from Salve Regina College. He is an honour graduate of the Army Infantry Officer's Advance Course and graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College. His early command positions included - command of a rifle platoon and Company during two tours in Vietnam; Company Commander in Headquarters Battalion and 3d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.
He was the Senior Advisor to a Vietnamese Army Battalion; Inspector-Instructor, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion; Deputy Provost Marshal, U.S. Naval Forces Philippines; and Commanded the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. His staff assignments include Assistant Battalion Operations Officer; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. He served on the staffs of III Marine Amphibious Force; Logistics, Plans, and Policy Branch, Installations and Logistics Department, HQMC, and J-3, Headquarters, U.S. European Command.

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